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Donate today to help us leverage $20,000 from the Paul H. Johanson Fund

The Paul H. Johanson Fund has made a challenge grant to support Quivira’s 2022 land health workshops, the New Agrarian Program, and our New Mexico Coalition to Enhance Working Lands (NMCEWL). They will match donations and memberships dollar-for-dollar, up to $20,000. Make a pledge by October 1 to help us meet the challenge!

With your support, we’ll raise $40,000 to build a community of practice in land health, develop a new and growing generation of agricultural producers, and increase the pace and scale at which working land health improves in New Mexico.

This year is Quivira’s 25th anniversary. We have been able to foster resilience on working lands for a quarter of a century because of generous land stewards like you. Whether it is $5 or $500, every bit helps as we look forward to the next 25 years! All of us here at Quivira thank you for your consideration and support.

More about what your donation supports

Land Health

Throughout the summer and fall we will lead or collaborate on a variety of educational webinars, virtual workshops, and in-person workshops with topics ranging from soil health to drought planning. Over the winter, we’ll continue to develop land health topics and provide meaningful resources to ranchers, farmers, and conservationists.

With your support, the Quivira community will take action to improve the quality of western rangelands, which includes regenerating soil ecosystems, increasing carbon sequestration, improving surface water conservation, restoring plant and wildlife diversity, and developing appropriate grazing strategies to protect grasslands and their biodiversity. We will do so as a part of plans to meet the needs expressed by ranchers and farmers.  

Quivira works closely with producers in New Mexico and Colorado to plan and implement restoration and monitoring projects. Western rangelands—which comprise grasslands, forests, riparian areas, and critical wildlife habitats—are an essential component of the rural West’s ecological, economic, and social fabric. Ranchers play an essential role in the stewardship of these and many other invaluable resources; in rural communities, they are the leaders of collaborative conservation initiatives. When we work on private lands and tribal lands, we endeavor to gather and disseminate critical lessons learned in order to help others achieve and maintain land and watershed health. In this way, each of our land health workshops disseminates regenerative practices within a local community and spreads new understanding into the broader region.

New Agrarian Apprenticeships

Quivira’s New Agrarian apprenticeships match beginning ranchers and farmers with mentors who are committed to regenerative agricultural practices and holistic business management. Investment in this work and partnership supports the agrarians who steward working lands and rural communities while helping to build leadership for a regenerative future.

The past few years have been an exciting period of growth for the New Agrarian program, which has increased from three nearly 30 operations in New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and California. Currently, 27 apprentices are enrolled in the program.

In addition to gaining hands-on experience, apprentices will participate in monthly webinars led by NAP staff and featuring instruction by experts on whole ranch and farm planning, financial management, marketing, business planning, land access strategies, Indigenous land stewardship history, soil health, and biological monitoring. Mentors work with their apprentices to make this coursework relevant to daily, hands-on tasks and introduce them to the financial underpinnings of decision making, from basic functions, such as calculating how much to budget for fuel, to more complicated planning processes, such as estimating the long-term business effects of adding new enterprises.

We also continue to enlist mentors for 2023 and beyond, and are adding staff as we expand the program in current states and further into Colorado. We are currently working to support Colorado and New Mexico Departments of Agriculture in their Agricultural Workforce Development Programs, and our online mentor training program now includes producers who are bringing on apprentices or interns independently of NAP. Along with Career Connection, our semi-annual agricultural job fairs, NAP supports mentors who do not fit neatly into the structured apprenticeship model but who are nevertheless able to offer valuable training opportunities.

NAP’s annual activities are important, but we know that our greatest success extends beyond each apprenticeship season to the legacy we create in the field. NAP graduates have gone on to become successful agrarians, mentors, and leaders in the regenerative agriculture movement.

New Mexico Coalition to Enhance Working Lands

The New Mexico Coalition to Enhance Working Lands (NMCEWL) is a network of over 150 members and 60 organizations whose purpose is to support and enhance ongoing efforts to improve the health and productivity of New Mexico working lands that support agriculture and the environment. It focuses on increasing soil health, biodiversity, and hydrologic function wherever possible. 

Our goals are to acknowledge and support the good work being done on our working lands by landowners and stewards as well as the organizations supporting them, to develop funding opportunities to support them, and to provide professional development and networking opportunities. 

In the next year, will continue to host monthly gatherings for its members in order to share about current land stewardship work, identify areas for collaboration, and share stewardship resources to increase the rate at which working land health and stewardship improves in New Mexico. Members of the coalition have identified these meetings as an integral meeting place that helps them to move their work forward, to grow their impact, and to stay abreast of the ever-changing climate and challenges facing land stewards throughout the state.

From these convenings and partnerships, the NMCEWL Manager has begun creating the NMCEWL Collaboration Toolkit – a compendium of print and interactive online resources synthesizing lessons learned from NMCEWL partners. The goal of this toolkit is to create best practices for community organizations working to provide culturally-relevant and research-informed land stewardship technical service, as well as to support grassroots organizations in overcoming barriers to accessing vital resources. This will be completed over the next year.

Finally, NMCEWL will wrap up its first fellowship cohort and lay the groundwork for future cohorts. Started in 2021, this fellowship convenes up to 15 fellows annually who engage in professional development and training to design, fund, and manage projects that build resiliency on working lands. The annual fellowship experience culminates in a funded capstone project where fellows identify and address a land stewardship need in their community.